MTC provides effective Disability Laws training courses. The ADA regulations do not specifically require that public entities (title II) or (private) places of public accommodation (title III) provide ADA training for their employees. Whether it is the right thing to do or risk management, providing employees who have public interaction with the basic ADA information and disability etiquette training will help prevent unintentional disability discrimination.
MTC’s Training and Information Services division is home to disability law content experts, who provide technical assistance in the form of training, materials dissemination, and real-time information. The Training and Information Services division has handled over 125,000 individual requests for information and assistance, distributed hundreds of thousands of printed materials, and has provided training for over 50,000 individuals.
Our accessibility experts provide classroom training courses on the following topics:
2010 ADA Standards
Based on the 2010 updated Department of Justice regulation under the ADA, this course provides an overview of the changes in the regulations, effective dates for new construction and alteration, provisions for new construction, provisions for existing facilities, and scoping of technical provisions.
In this course, participants will review the essential elements of the ABA and ADA, learn about the ADA National Network, and journey through the history of accessibility laws. In addition, ABA/ADA Overview will review agencies responsible for enforcement of the laws and glimpse into the future of the ADA.
Title I for Employers
Title I can create many questions for employers. This course attempts to break down employer responsibilities and provide guidance for reasonable accommodations, effective communication, essential job functions, and service animals. In addition, we will discuss documentation of disability, safety concerns, and non-discriminatory hiring practices.
Title II Overview
The purpose and spirit of Title II, along with detailed information for compliance on Title II entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of terms such as ‘undue burden’, ‘direct threat’, and ‘significant risk’ will also be discussed.
Self-Evaluation and Transition Plans
ADA Coordinators and others seeking to facilitate and complete a Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan need to be equipped with the right information. This course looks at effective dates to implement new Title II regulations, Title II enforcement processes, Department of Justice regulatory changes, and the steps for completing an accurate Self-Evaluation. Best practices for developing and implementing title III Transition Plans will also be discussed.
Making Parks Accessible
This class will illustrate the broad range of programs, services, and activities provided in parks and the challenges in making them accessible. Participants will learn how to determine the key interpretive themes, programs, experiences, services, and activities that make a meaningful visit to the park. Making these key programs accessible is the focus in making parks accessible. By analyzing two park SETP case studies, the class will learn practical ways of making programs accessible while protecting the parks’ natural and cultural resources.
Title III Overview
The purpose and spirit of Title III, along with detailed information on compliance for Title III entities, will be discussed in this course. Clarification of terms such as ‘reasonable accommodations’ and ‘undue burden’ will be discussed, along with a focus on reasonable modifications for policies and procedures. Best practices for developing and implementing Title III Transition Plans will also be discussed.
ABAAS Accessible Trails
This class will identify the ABAAS chapters and sections updated with trail scoping and technical requirements and exceptions. The trail standards will be compared and contrasted with the requirements for accessible routes. Participants will
Meeting the Challenge Inc. (MTC) is an accessibility compliance consulting firm that serves individuals and organizations with rights and responsibilities for compliance under federal disability rights laws. Meeting The Challenge has the broad-based knowledge, resources, and affiliate network to provide clients with solutions to solve their disability law compliance challenges and increase access for people with disabilities.
MTC provides expert testimony and analysis. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and several other federal agencies receive complaints of disability discrimination, under the American with Disabilities Act, from people with disabilities across the country. In most cases, these agencies provide the individual with a right to sue letter. In the case of title III of the ADA, the individual may proceed with legal action without the formal right to sue letter.
When legal cases are brought to court, there is often a need for expert testimony regarding the technical aspects of the case. MTC has been involved in providing such testimony, as well as providing expert analysis for the legal counsels involved in the cases.
MTC’s expert testimony and analysis projects are typically undertaken at the request of a legal firm and are confidential in their nature.
The legal action projects supported by MTC include assessment of employment discrimination, education discrimination, public accommodation accessibility, corrections equal protection, compliance with accessibility standards and regulations, and workplace sensitivity.
MTC has provided in court testimony, analysis to support legal filings, training in support of settlements, and other miscellaneous analyses.
Our accessibility experts also provide customized solutions for:
- Expert interpretation on regulatory compliance
- Proactive litigation avoidance consulting
- Informal mediation for conflict resolution
- Compliance and risk management
- Title I employment policies and practice training
- Website accessibility compliance assessment
- Policy and procedure development and updates
- PCA/Settlement Agreement support
- Policy and procedure staff trainings
- Negotiating with the U.S. Department of Justice
Do you need accessibility training or consulting? Meeting the Challenge’s experts can offer customized training solutions or expert testimony for your organization.